Gibeau: Criterion making a game every year would “burn them out”

Monday, 13th June 2011 11:29 GMT By Johnny Cullen

EA Games boss Frank Gibeau has said that Criterion Games won’t be forced to make a game every year, saying such a thing would be “the worst possible idea.”

“The worst possible idea would be to make Criterion build a game every year,” Gibeau told Eurogamer. “That would limit their creativity and hurt quality.

He admitted that there is now a strategy in place to alternate between developers for Need for Speed games every November. Gibeau didn’t openly admit that Criterion was fully dedicated to NFS from here on out following the success of Hot Pursuit last year, though.

“We’ve designed an alternating strategy in driving for us to continue to build on the high quality we’ve established with Hot Pursuit and try new things.

“But at the same time we can share certain technologies and features. The new Need for Speed is on the Frostbite 2 technology, which allows us to do a lot of things we’ve never been able to do before. We’re using the animation system from EA Sports.”

Gibeau added: “We’ve tried to get a team to do it every year. You burn them out. You can’t do it at the level of quality the market wants now.”

Need for Speed: The Run, being made by Black Box in Vancouver, is the first EA game to include Frostbite 2 that isn’t Battlefield-related. It launches this November.

Criterion is thought to be working on something Burnout-related, known as Burnout Crash.



  1. aleph31

    I have BurnOut: Paradise City and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. The former is still being played from time to time (2 years since I purchased a copy), whereas the latter is merely collecting dust. To sum up:

    Need for Speed -> boooooring as hell

    BurnOut -> lots of fun

    But of course, NFS is the one grabbing all the attention…

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Avatar226

    have to say im hoping for a hot pursuit 2 major with explosions of like a burnout effect or something who knows lol but man would that be epic…the racing style of NFS and the destruction of the burnout series…..

    #2 4 years ago
  3. onlineatron

    Best quote ever.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Agree with 1. Let Criterion make more Burnout. NFS:HP was 30Hz of tedium.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. The_Red

    Wow, this was actually a decent comment and one that made sense BUT we have to take it with a grain of salt. Sometimes a new game every 2 years also burns people out.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Fin

    I preferred Hot Pursuit to Paradise.

    Where’s me Burnout XBLA??

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Maximum Payne

    So…new Burnout on FrostByte 2 engine ? Tech destruction!

    #7 4 years ago
  8. DSB

    Whoever made Need for Speed Underground needs to make more Need for Speed Underground.

    Best arcade racer I ever played.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Prof.Dr.Moertel

    Burnout 3: Takedown 2004
    Burnout Revenge 2005
    Burnout Legends 2005
    Burnout Revenge (360) 2006
    Black 2006
    Burnout Dominator 2007
    Burnout Paradise 2008
    BP: The Ultimate Box 2009
    Nfs: Hot Pursuit 2010

    Shit, Criterion is burnt out already! :P

    #9 4 years ago
  10. lindblum_resident

    Actually, Legends and Dominator were not developed by Criterion.

    Can’t remember about the 360 version of Revenge and the Ultimate Box but I don’t believe that they were behind those, either.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Maximum Payne

    @9 LOL But thats ”old” times now its completely different :)

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Dralen

    I agree with #1. I want more Burnout.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. ManuOtaku

    Activision will like to have a few words with you, by words i mean buy you and then milk your franchise to death to prove your point and then cancell the burnout series, that kotick “burning” desire.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Prof.Dr.Moertel

    @10 yeah, that´s true. Stupid German wiki :D

    Ultimate Box was just the normal game including all the DLC wasn´t it?

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Lounds

    burnout 3 is still the best burnout imo

    #15 4 years ago

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